As we reach a decade since 9/11/01, Today, CNN goes in depth on the impact of Jay-Z’s classic album The Blueprint which still managed to sell 420,000 copies in the first week of its release.

Yet on September 11, 2001, people were still shopping in music stores in New York City — even a short distance from the attacks. “There was a lot of confusion and definitely an unsettled feeling, but New York, at least this area, was still functioning,” said Daniel Givens, a buyer for Other Music, a Brooklyn record store located about a mile from where the World Trade Center stood.

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